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Title: Efficacy and complications of radiotherapy of anterior visual pathway tumors

A progressive disturbance in visual acuity or visual field, along with an unexplained optic nerve atrophy, suggests the possibility of a tumor. Tumors that frequently affect the anterior visual pathway include primary optic nerve sheath meningiomas, intracranial meningiomas, optic gliomas, pituitary tumors, and craniopharyngiomas. The location of these tumors sometimes prohibits a complete surgical excision that might jeopardize the visual system. Radiation therapy, however, can be beneficial in these cases. This article reviews the indications for radiotherapy of tumors that involve the anterior visual pathway, along with the possible complications. Cases that present the effect of radiation therapy and radiation damage are presented.131 references.
Authors:
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  1. (Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Miami, FL (USA))
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
5545426
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Neurological Clinics; (USA); Journal Volume: 9:1
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
63 RADIATION, THERMAL, AND OTHER ENVIRON. POLLUTANT EFFECTS ON LIVING ORGS. AND BIOL. MAT.; BRAIN; NEOPLASMS; RADIOTHERAPY; PITUITARY GLAND; SIDE EFFECTS; RETINA; BIOLOGICAL RADIATION EFFECTS; GLIOMAS; RADIATION INJURIES; REVIEWS; BIOLOGICAL EFFECTS; BODY; BODY AREAS; CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM; DISEASES; DOCUMENT TYPES; ENDOCRINE GLANDS; EYES; FACE; GLANDS; HEAD; INJURIES; MEDICINE; NERVOUS SYSTEM; NUCLEAR MEDICINE; ORGANS; RADIATION EFFECTS; RADIOLOGY; SENSE ORGANS; THERAPY 560151* -- Radiation Effects on Animals-- Man